During the latter part of Judges, God provides a story in the book of Ruth of an ordinary woman, Ruth, whose faithfulness God uses for her to become the great grandmother of King David.
Ruth is not from God’s people, she is a foreigner, from Moab. Because there is a famine in the Promised Land, Elimelech brings his wife, Naomi, and their two sons to Moab in search of food. Elimelech dies there and the two sons marry Ruth and Orpah. Then the two sons die and the widow Naomi decides to return to Israel (The Promised Land).
The key part of the story is that while Orpah chooses to leave Naomi and stay home, Ruth chooses to leave her family and friends to follow her mother-in-law to take care of her in Israel.
God rewards this kindness by providing a safe field in which Ruth works to gather grain for food. Boaz, the owner of the field, sees Ruth’s faithfulness and eventually marries her because he loves her and because he wants to carry on the lineage of her family.
The culmination of the story is God providing the happy couple with a son, Obed, who is the father of King David. Thus, a little foreign woman named Ruth, is a key part of the line of the Kings of Israel because of God’s reward of her faithfulness.
Key New Testament Kids Application:
No matter who you are, God can use you in a mighty way just like Ruth. Let your child know that although they may be the smallest or quietest child in their class, in God’s hands, they can do great things.
God will bless your faithfulness at the little things and multiply them into bigger things.
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